Building Expansion Update 6 – 8/13/2014

Great progress was made again this past week. At the beginning of the week, our painter Mary began transforming the future traveling exhibits and gift shop areas.  The blue and maroon walls are now a beautiful shade that compliments all of the stone, bricks and tiles.  We still have cleaning projects and light construction available if anyone is interested in helping. If you would like to help with any of the projects, please contact Danelle.

Old entrance color   Current entrance color

For an early sneak peak at our expansion progress, check out our new traveling exhibit in the lower level, Minnesota Disasters: Stories of Strength and Survival, opening this Saturday, August 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. We will have refreshments, giveaways, store specials, kid’s activities and an appearance from the Mankato Fire Department as a part of the exhibit opening.  There will be antique fire equipment as well as a current fire truck on display in the Warren Street parking lot.  The exhibit opening is free and open to the public – please spread the word.

We still need to raise funds to support the building acquisition and improvements.  You can help financially by making a donation by check or through our online donation page.  Please specify “Building Fund” on your check or in the comment box. Here are a few specific projects that currently need financial support:

  • $500 to purchase hanging art display panels for the new Marian Anderson Art Gallery.
  • $500 to purchase a hanging art track system for the new art gallery.
  • $1,000 to purchase or build a new reception desk.
  • $1,000 for store fixtures for the new Museum Gift Shop.
  • $1,000 to expand our network and DSL into the lower level.
  • $1,000 to purchase compact textile hanging racks. Fulfilled
  • $2,000 to purchase chairs for the new meeting room.
  • $3,000 for Building Signage - interior and exterior.
  • $3,000 to purchase two compact shelving units for collections storage.
  • $4,000 for interior painting of lower level.
  • $4,000 covers one of seven quarterly building acquisition payments
  • $5,000 to construct the new interior entrance for the soon-to-be relocated Research Center
  • $1 Million to fully realize our vision of the new Blue Earth County History Center.

Continue to follow our expansion progress and updated wish list here on our blog. Also, now is a great time to become a member or renew your support.  If you have any questions about the building expansion, please contact Jessica at 507-345-5566 or

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